Saturday 31st October – Welsh Highland Railway
Porthmadog harbour to Caernarfon, 25 Miles
Once again we started our day at the station in Porthmadog but today’s loco was one of the WHR’s articulated Garratt NG/G16 locos, originally built for the South African Railways – a steam loco of a very different nature to the Double Fairlie we travelled behind the day before. These are particularly interesting as they have a water tank at the front and a coal bunker to the rear, both with their own sets of wheels and cylinders with the boiler suspended in between. This setup creates two pivot points, which allows the loco to go round sharper turns more easily. This example was No. 87:
Photo by Tom Evans
Passing the other Garratt, NG/G16 No. 138 at Beddgelert
Ashley Haines was keen to try out a very large telephoto lens that he had acquired and snapped this impressive shot of the peak of Mount Snowdon. You can see some walkers and even one of Snowdon Mountain Railway’s locomotives on the left hand side. Great photography Ashley.
Snowdon’s Summit. Photo by Ashley Haines
On arrival at Caernarfon the weather had turned distinctly wet and miserable but that didn’t stop us from having a look around the town for an hour or so to either get something to eat, have a look around the castle or wander down to the harbour.
On our return to Porthmadog and on leaving the station we decided to stop and watch No. 87 cross the street and go over the bridge. As most of our group had migrated to the opposite side of the road, Tom Evans thought this was a great photo opportunity:
|(l-r)Ashley, Beverley, Philip, Mark, George, Ian, Tina, Kevin and Bryan|
Just as the Ffestiniog was, this is an impressive railway and although the journey to Caernarfon and back is a long one there is plenty to see.